Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
It’s been a little while since I posted a daily reflection. I have been busy, with work and with other things. But tonight as I sit alone in a motel room I read the above verse and it motivated me to write.
Addiction is factual. There is no denying it. We can get addicted to so many things. Things that appeal to our ego’s and give a false impression that we are doing alright. Things that life without them seems so unappealing and unbearable to us we can’t do without them. Things that can cause us bearable pain and acceptable discomfort. Things that if we want to live life differently and grow spiritually we need to consciously deny ourselves.
Physical adaption of self-denial is always rewarding, and morally character enhancing. we may ask ourselves “will I ever overcome _________? ” Adopting an attitude of defeat when it comes to self-denial is a way to certain failure. Challenging our innermost spirit is the way to bring about physical change and spiritual growth in our lives.
Remember “WHEN I CAN’T GOD CAN.” He can make chaos disappear. He can bring order into our lives and give us the power to resist whatever temptations may present. He can become our motivation not just for living life overcoming our addictions but to living lives that excel above anything we can ever expect to achieve in our own strength. Personal, daily relationship with Him needs to become the central factor in our recovery and spiritual progress.
Let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
Carefully build yourselves up in this holiest faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
Philippians 3:8 All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant–dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ
1 Corinthians 10:6 Now those things happened as examples for us. They are supposed to keep us from longing for evil things, as the people of Israel did.
God has made a way to escape; He encourages us to flee from sin and to be faithful to Him. The Bible is full of examples of people rightly or wrongly making choices and the consequences of those choices.
Making good choices in our lives will lead to positive long-term outcomes. Every choice for good sets into motion new opportunities for God. Every choice for evil follows the same pattern but in the opposite direction.
Every decision we make to continually move forward in recovery brings order, safety, and security to our lives.
- What positive examples are you following from the experiences of others?
Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women. Proverbs 15:31
He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually, the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’